Over the past several decades, philosophers have grown to recognize the role played by frameworks and models in the construction of human knowledge. Further, they have paid increasing attention to the origins of knowing processes in social and historical contexts of human practical activities, and to social transformation of the frameworks over time. In a series of original essays by prominent philosophers, Constructivism and Practice advances the understanding of the role of construction and model creation, reflects on the relationship of these models to social practices, and considers whether our modes of knowing themselves have a history. These questions are thoughtfully considered in the light of the "historical epistemology" first developed by Marx Wartofsky.
Carol C. Gould is professor of philosophy at the Stevens Institute of Technology and adjunct professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Knowledge and Social Practice Chapter 3 The Construction of Knowledge Chapter 4 Different Worlds, History, and Progress Part 5 Language, Truth, and Modes of Representation Chapter 6 Dialogue as Praxis: Philosophical Hermeneutics, Historical Epistemology, and Truth Chapter 7 A Distinction Too Few or Too Many? A Vindication of the Analytic vs. Synthetic Distinction Chapter 8 Aspects, Objects, and Representations Chapter 9 Representation in Art and Science Part 10 Science and the Construction of Knowledge Chapter 11 The Idea of Quantity at the Origin of the Legitimacy of Mathematization in Physics Chapter 12 "Critical Realism": Wartofsky and Bhaskar Part 13 Art in Social Context Chapter 14 Art as Reflective Praxis: On Marx Wartofsky's Historical Materialist Aesthetics Chapter 15 A Sketch of Historical Aesthetics Chapter 16 Reflection and Pleasure in the Aesthetics of Marx Wartofsky Chapter 17 Photography and Vision Chapter 18 Why Is Architecture a "Social Art"? Part 19 Constructivism, Praxis, and Social Philosphy Chapter 20 The Marxian Concept of Praxis Chapter 21 Marx, the Jewish Question, and the Invention of the Proletariat Chapter 22 Practiced Economies: From Marx to Marx Chapter 23 The Mind's Eye and the Hand's Brain: On Wartofsky's Philosophy of Medicine